Event Summary

Battle of Midway gives Navy its first clear victory


June 3, 1942


Fletcher�s fleet again encounters Japanese fleet approaching US-held Midway Island; during three-day encounter, in which Fletcher had 3 carriers at his disposal (Yorktown, Enterprise,Hornet), Japan lost 4 carriers to US�s one (USS Yorktown (CV-5); outcome puts US Navy on offensive for rest of war. Japanes fatalities -- 3000; US -- 1000

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